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  1. This thread might be entirely too self-indulgent and I'll apologise in advance if it lands like that 😌 I am weeks from moving back to Australia (unexpected but necessitated by personal circumstances) after a couple of years living in the UK, and as a result of this we have recently sold our house over here. I was home during the buyers second house viewing and got chatting hi-fi with them and knowing that we were moving overseas they approached me the following day to discuss our hi-fi systems and if we would consider making them part of the deal. After giving it some careful consideration about what I really want I did what feels like a fair deal and we signed the final contracts today... This essentially means we will walk out of the house and leave behind my entire reference system (Whatmough Signature 505i, Parasound Halo Pre and Power, Luxman CDP and DAC) and my second system (KEF LS50W and REL T7i). 😵 If you're still with me you may be wondering what the hell the point of this thread actually is! I think it's at least partially for me to share that the overwhelming feeling I have at the moment is one of: RELIEF For at least the last 12 months I have been more and more inclined to listen to the LS50W system with my wife, and just enjoy the tunes rather than squirrel away by myself into a separate listening room and feel like I'm isolating myself. This has had the dual benefits of bringing me closer to my wife and spending more time with her, and getting her more interested in music and sound. Perhaps more importantly for me the LS50W system being essentially complete out of the box I stopped worrying about all the various system machinations and equipment and just got back to listening to tunes. Radio Paradise has become my number 1 source and I absolutely love it having discovered so much new music. Reality for was I had got to a point where I actually was experiencing far more musical enjoyment from a $6000 active hifi system than I was from a $50k plus system in a dedicated treated room and obviously this has nothing to do with the ultimate quality and fidelity of audio reproduction. The reference system sounds simply superb in it's current room, but yet if I'm really honest I was not really enjoying using it! I've been up and down on the cycle over many years now, but I think I am getting off the high end merry go round, at least for the foreseeable future. Not sure what the future holds system wise, maybe another LS50W based system, maybe something different. I certainly don't feel a compulsion to have a separate treated room anymore, especially if my wife doesn't want to share it with me. Whatever it looks like it will be back to music first and enjoying the tunes without obsessing over equipment and system! So if you've read this far then thank you for allowing me to indulge in my own story! I have heard the term' recovering audiophile' thrown about a bit recently and think maybe that is something that resonates with me....does it resonate with any of you!?
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